‘Asshole,’ she muttered, but she wasn’t really mad. That was part of being a girl-you were resigned to whatever feedback you’d get. If you got mad, you were crazy, and if you didn’t react, you were a bitch. The only thing you could do was smile from the corner they’d backed you into. Implicate yourself in the joke even if the joke was always on you.
Author: Emma Cline Genre: Fiction Pages: 355
When I first started this book I had no idea what it was about, I didn’t read any reviews or summaries. This is rare for me, I usually like to know what I’m getting into when reading a book. And the title doesn’t give much away as far as plot goes.
The main character is Evie Boyd, a girl in her early teens living in Northern California, and takes place the summer before she is to start at a new boarding school. I personally did not find much to relate to in Evie. She seemed to be sulking around in self-pity because of her parent’s divorce, her lack of friends, adolescent angst, etc. However, I think that Cline created a very believable character in Evie. It was easy to see how she could get caught up in the free and chaotic life led by ‘the girls’ and why she would want to be a part of that, after living what she felt was a sheltered life for so long.
That was our mistake, I think. One of many mistakes. To believe that boys were acting with a logic that we could someday understand. To believe that their actions had any meaning beyond thoughtless impulse.
Evie is struggling to understand the world and her place in it. Cline draws you into her world where everything is baffling to Evie. The actions of others, events she can’t control and even her own decisions. Throughout the novel, Evie makes choices based on impulse continuously, and she seems to take the consequences passively and without much feeling. Evie is attracted to Suzanne, a strong yet damaged member of the cult that Evie gets involved with over the summer. Evie seems confused by her attraction to Susanne, but this doesn’t quell her obsession or stop her from pursuing a relationship (in any form) with Susanne.
This book is dark at times, and the writing style is not something I am typically drawn to. BUT reading books that challenge me one thing I love to do (every once in a while), and this book was most definitely a challenge to get through.
What is a book you have read lately that has challenged you to think outside of the box?